Skip to main content

How to Look Your Best, Part 2

Saturday, I wrote part 1 of this blog which you can find here where you get the beginnings of how to become a Chic Fabulous Fashionista using Color, Focus, and Fit. 

The second part to being a Chic Fabulous Fashionista is using FABULOUS which stands for Focus.  Let people focus on you as a beautiful woman, not your clothes.  When someone looks at you let them think, "there's a well put together beautiful woman" not "wow, she has a crazy outfit on."  The biggest key is to have a focus and not make someone who looks at you not know where to look.   

No longer should clothing be all "matchy-matchy" but they should go together.  If you try to wear baby blue pants, baby blue blouse, baby blue shoes, and a baby blue belt, you may get dragged off to a nursing home. 

So, you've heard that mixing prints is the new in thing but how do you do it with out looking crazy?  Only have 1 strong pattern and the other pattern should work as a neutral.  For example, I have a pair of brown pin stripe trousers with an aqua pin stripe.  From a distance, these pants look solid brown.  So, I can wear a blouse with a strong pattern with aqua and brown colors and it will go with the pants.  Wear your patterns with confidence.  If you are small, do not wear an oversized print it will overwhelm you.  If you are large, do not wear a tiny print.

Pop!  That seems to be the key word in today's fashion world.  You want 1 thing that catches your eye.  Maybe you have a neutral outfit on with hot pink shoes. How fun is that?

Make sure that you dress appropriately for the occasion.  When in doubt, dress a little nicer.  In business, dress for the job you want instead of the job you have.  I recently went to a banquet and I was a tad bit more dressy than many of the people there.  I was wearing a cocktail dress and many of the people were just wearing what they wore to work.  However, I looked much better than the woman I saw who showed up to a banquet in a sloppy t-shirt and jeans. 

You also need to dress age appropriately.  I find that most women I know tend to dress older than their age.  Remember 40 is the new 30!  So, don't dress like you're 50.  However, if you're in your 20's don't dress like a teen.  One rule to keep in mind is to not repeat trends.  If you wore giant bell bottoms in the 70's, don't do it again.  Leave that for the teens!

Finally, accessories can be wonderful to create focus so use them!!!  But, don't "matchy-match".  Shoes, belts, and purses do not have to all match.  In fact they shouldn't all match.  Jewelry sets are old school, too.  Pick 1 piece of jewelry to pop, and let the others be more neutral.  Don't forget about scarves!

Here is your challenge.  Pick an accessory that you already own that you hardly ever wear.  Decide now that you are going to find a way to wear it in the next week.  Maybe it's an old broach that you are going to put on a chain as a necklace.  Maybe you are going to finally wear that scarf that you always forget you have.  If you are up to the challenge, please comment here on my blog about what you wore!  

Long scarf helps lengthen the body or break up the look of a larger chest.

Scarf tied up near the neck draws the eye up, good for evening out larger hips.

One of my favorite ways to wear a scarf, in the hair and lengthening the body.

Scarf tied around your waist can help create a waist line.

Scarf tied around the hips can help even out a larger chest.

Or use your scarf on your purse for a splash of color and fun.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Party Decorations (Eagle Court of Honor) on the Cheap

*Update:  See how I re-used these same cans for a patriotic luncheon.  

The other night I was surfing around on the t.v. and ended up watching "Extreme Cheapskates."  I found myself thinking, "Ohhh... what amateurs!"  But, I couldn't tell anyone.  I mean I didn't want anyone to know how "cheap" I actually am.

I really think they set some people up on that show.  I mean seriously?!?  You share a toothbrush to save money?  Buy 2 toothbrushes and each will last twice as long, same with the deodorant.  Yuck!

Anyway, there was this lady only wanting to spend $50 on her 10 year old son's birthday.  Since I'm always looking for inexpensive ways to celebrate, I kept watching.  What?!?!  She had his birthday party at a retirement home for $30?!?!  What about having it at your house or the park for free, hello people?  Instead of the Elvis entertainer (who I'm sure the 10 year olds had no idea who he was) you can play games like tag, relay races…

DIY Jewelry Organization

I love my jewelry and use it as art on my wall.  It helps me to remember what I have and makes getting dressed easier and quicker.  Here is how I organize and hold my Earrings, Necklaces, and Brooches.



Earring Holder
A few years ago, while visiting my sister, I noticed her earring holder.  She said she bought it from "a girl who make them."  A few months later, I was needing birthday gifts for some girlfriends so I tried to remember what I saw at my sister's house and re-created it.

Supplies:
window screening from the hardware store - it comes in big rolls but you only need a little
dowel rod
4 wooden dowel rod balls
ribbon
hot glue
paint

First, cut your dowel rod into 2 12 inch pieces, then take your dowel rods and balls and paint them whatever color you like.  I spray painted mine silver.  Then you need to cut your screening (use big scissors) to 12 inches by 18 inches.  On the 12 inch side, fold down about 1 inch and glue down with the hot glue.  Do the same thing on …

How to Look Your Best, Part 4 & Final

Welcome to part 4 of "How to Look Your Best."  Click here for:  part 1, part 2, part 3

I gave my talk today to a group of ladies.  I think it went really well.  Now that you know the secrets to being a Chic Fabulous Fashionita, you need to know how to put it all together.

First, it might be helpful to know your style personality.  If I said that wearing ruffles would help with your body proportions but you're not a ruffle person, then don't wear ruffles.  Find something else that fits your style.  There are four basic style personalities; Casual/Natural - easy going and relaxed style, Classic/Elegant - timeless look that always looks in, Romantic - lace, ruffles, soft flowing fabrics, Dramatic/Trendsetter - show stopping, attention grabbing, statement making.  Look at this link that I made from polyvore.  Which dress do you feel more drawn towards?  Now, you may be a mixture of more than one style personality.  I like to switch between all of them depending on my moo…